In the previous article, we looked at the numerous autoimmune diseases that are a treat to anyone’s body when there is a problem with an immune system attacking it.
In the case of autoimmune thyroiditis, the immune system attacks the thyroid gland. This gland is responsible for producing hormones that have a further impact on metabolism. As a part of this metabolism, influence is the heart rate and the speed that the body is losing calories from the food.
Research still cannot provide one exact cause, because many factors can lead to this health problem. That’s why it is also a somewhat complicated aspect that requires a proper Hashimoto’s disease treatment. It doesn’t always mean sing immune-suppressive medicine because I have seen many patients that have even more problems with them. In a case of a young woman, she took far too many antibiotics as prescribed. That leads to a problem that she regularly got ill and always felt sick and struggling with the easiest daily functions. Of course, functional medicine can only support and make it easier to fight the condition, but it is very important.
Factors that play a role in developing Hashimoto’s disease:
Taking a look at statistics and my personal experience, most of the people who have Hashimoto’s disease or are more likely to develop it, are women. Mainly it has to do with sex hormones that swing way more than in the male population, for example, due to menstruations and pregnancy.
- High iodine level
Iodine is a trace element for making thyroid hormones can trigger the disease.
- Exposure to radiation
Some cases show that many people who have thyroid disease had some exposure to radiation, for example, after the Chernobyl disaster or an explosion of Nagasaki auto bomb. Radiation might also be a part of a treatment for blood cancer (Hodgkin’s disease).
Hashimoto’s disease symptoms
It is essential to understand that this disease doesn’t happen in one day. The same goes for diseases that might take years to appear. It is a big reason why it is so hard to diagnose.
- Weight gain
- Joint and muscle pain
- Enlarged thyroid (goiter)
- Feeling cold and not being able to get warm
- Hair loss or brittle hair
- Irregular or heavy menstruations
- Slow heart rate
As we can see from these symptoms, many of the people might have one or the other at any point in their life. It is vital to draw serious attention to whatever doesn’t feel right for a proper Hashimoto’s thyroiditis diagnosis or fixing the troubling aspects before it results in something more serious. Next, you can read about autoimmune disease vasculitis.
 Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis. Accessed from: https://www.webmd.com/women/hashimotos-thyroiditis-symptoms-causes-treatments#1rel=”nofollow”